Conor McGregor vs Cerrone: What time does UFC 246 start in the US, when is the main event, how to watch

Jack de Menezes
Conor McGregor fights Donald Cerrone this weekend at UFC 246: AP

UFC 246 sees the return of Conor McGregor after 15 months away from the Octagon, with the former two-weight world champion set to take on Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas.

McGregor will return to the UFC for the first time since October 2018 when he suffered the second defeat of his MMA career against Khabib Nurmagomedov, losing the lightweight title in the process.

The Irishman will hope to get back to winning ways against Cerrone this weekend, though he will need to be wary of the American who boasts the most experienced record in UFC history.

On Saturday 'Cowboy' will make his 34th career appearance in the UFC, surpassing Jim Miller's existing record to give him the feat of appearing i the most fights in UFC history, while he already possesses the most wins of any individual at 23.

Here’s everything you need to know about of the bout this weekend.

When is UFC 246?

UFC 246 takes place on Saturday 18 January 2020.

Where is UFC 246?

The event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

What time will the main event start?

McGregor vs Cerrone is expected to start around 9pm PT (12am ET).

The early pre-lims will start at around 3:15pm PT(6:15pm ET), with the pre-lims at 5pm PT (8pm ET) and main card at 7pm (10pm ET).

Are tickets for UFC 246 on sale?

Yes, they are still available to purchase from StubHub and Viagogo.

What TV channel is it on?

The fight will be shown live on ESPN+.

How do I watch it and how much does it cost?

Viewers in the US can watch the fight live on ESPN+ PPV through the following options:

  • Existing yearly ESPN+ subscribers can buy the event for $65.
  • Existing monthly ESPN+ subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $85 or purchase the UFC PPV for $65 by itself.
  • New ESPN+ subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event and an ESPN+ annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN+ annual subscription will auto-renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN+ annual subscription at the time of auto-renewal.

Will I be able to stream the fight online?

You will be able to watch the fight on mobile devices with an ESPN+ subscription.

What weight is the main event at?

McGregor vs Cerrone will be a welterweight contest.

What is the full UFC 246 card?

Main Card

  • Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone
  • Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington
  • Aleksei Oleinik vs Maurice Greene
  • Claudia Gadelha vs Alexa Grasso
  • Anthony Pettis vs Carlos Diego Ferreira

Preliminary Card

  • Roxanne Modafferi vs Maycee Barber
  • Andre Fili vs Sodiq Yusuff
  • Drew Dober vs Nasrat Haqparast

Early Preliminary Card

  • Chas Skelly vs Grant Dawson
  • Aleksa Camur vs Justin Ledet
  • Tim Elliott vs Askar Askarov
  • Brian Kelleher vs Ode Osbourne
  • Sabina Mazo vs JJ Aldrich

What are the fight odds?

  • McGregor to win: 2/5
  • McGregor by KO, TKO, submission or DQ: 12/25
  • McGregor by decision: 8/1
  • Cerrone to win: 2/1
  • Cerrone by KO, TKO, submission or DQ: 7/1
  • Cerrone by decision: 8/1
  • Draw or technical draw: 80/1

What are the current UFC lightweight rankings?

Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov

  1. Tony Ferguson
  2. Dustin Poirier
  3. Justin Gaethje
  4. Conor McGregor
  5. Donald Cerrone
  6. Paul Felder
  7. Dan Hooker
  8. Kevin Lee
  9. Al Iaquinta
  10. Edson Barboza
  11. Anthony Pettis
  12. Gregor Gillespie
  13. Charles Oliveira
  14. Alexander Hernandez
  15. Islam Makhachev

What is the latest news?

Conor McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, has said that the Irishman is in the best shape of his career ahead of his comeback bout against American veteran Donald Cerrone.

McGregor has now finished his pre-fight sparring and will travel to Las Vegas this week ahead of the January 18 fight.

“Jan 1st, last heavy spar today before going to Vegas,” Kavanagh wrote on Twitter.

“Can honestly say this is the best I’ve seen him and I wasn’t sure that was possible to do 6 months ago. You guys are in for a real treat, I’m just glad to have a good seat!”